Can you imagine if we ended up with this series of stupid blues? That sucked! Instead, Game 1 between Colorado Avalanche and Edmonton Oilers in the Western Conference Final proved to be a God-given opportunity for goals, goals, goals. Now it’s time to push them further.
It was already set as the most aggressive of the two third-round match-ups, with the team having two leaders in each game’s play-off goal, the other two best goals in terms of percentage preservation – but exaggeratedly the worst prediction of contradictions, like the first 26 minutes of the series. Something can be said, where the Avs rocket was ahead 6-3. Edmonton was scoring at a respectable pace for any other NHL opponent, but Colorado did what they did, only better, instantly answering every hurdle at their own end by lighting the other side twice.
After five minutes of dazzling but fruitless action, Evander Kane and Jetty Comforter traded for the first break goal. Ten minutes later, Nathan McKinnon was released on a long pass from Cal Maker and made his ninth conversion to the playoffs. Jack Hyman scored in his sixth consecutive game with just seconds left, but those 23 ticks were 14 more than Makar’s needed to regain the lead, becoming the most controversial of the many tackles given in the net on Tuesday. From the faceoff, Valerie Nichushkin’s forecheck forced Makar to make a turnover, who almost immediately dismissed Mike Smith in a satisfactory manner. Clang It’s 3-2 off the post. And when Edmonton’s challenge revealed that Nichushkin did not cross the blue line when entering Makar’s Pak, a thorny and confusing interpretation of the offside rule that reduced Makar’s apparent control as he entered the zone. The target is still approved.
Although squinting at the replay and thinking about the true nature of “Pak Occupy” was totally against the beauty of this game, and fortunately a fact … the snowfall of the goal helped bring things back to the team’s effort. Scored in the 30th second, in a power play caused by Oiler’s embarrassing effort to take a goal off the board. An inexperienced rebound from Darcy Kumper lets Ryan McLeod get a return for the road team. Then Avs tried to finish things off with two quicks and a comforter deflection from Miko Rantanen and another one later from Andrew Cogliano.
At the moment, both backup goals were in play কারণে due to Colorado’s Kumper injury and Edmonton’s failure to control Mike Smith’s attack. But while Miko Koskinen held Avis for most of the final stages of the game, Pavel Franঙ্কois did not enjoy the same success. McDavid cut a deficit 7-4 with a possession at the end of the second. Derek Ryan was in the right place at the right time to start the third goal. And Ryan Nujent-Hopkins makes it particularly tough with a one-timer in the power play with seven minutes left. From there, however, the Avs were strong, and Gabe Landeskog’s empty-net game gave his delusional, tiring, 8-6 final. Smith and Eulers are no strangers to the chaotic Game 1 series they won in the end, but it was still a very impressive statement from the mile-high favorites: Just try to outscore us. We dare you.
“Colorado is a different animal,” Eulers coach Jay Woodcroft said after the game.
All of the goals in this contest made it a fun time to watch and kept anyone from counting from Edmonton even when they were in second place. But still, we can do better! Despite the scorers’ show, there were an incredible 70 saves in four goaltenders. That’s 70 a lot, my book. Surprisingly, some of these would be goals that were deprived of their rightful destination behind the net through stubborn goal play. Here is just one example:
Funny, isn’t it? In Game 2, as Hockey Sycos, we must raise our eyebrows, we can subvert the Goalkeepers in any way we can to overcome our addiction and achieve more, more, more goals! Shrink their gloves. Widen the net. Lace their pre-game brownies. Pure white color. Bring back David Abisher and Tie Conclin and build Them Play for your former team. This rodeo record in a series could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for fall and for football teams to be insecure about their production. Let’s make maximum use of it.